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Charter News: 12/9/2014

posted Dec 11, 2014, 5:44 PM by Rhonda Schlosser   [ updated Jan 4, 2015, 9:21 AM ]

Charter News

Special Edition

December 9, 2014

I have been easy with trees

Too long.

Too familiar with mountains.

Joy has been a habit.



This rain.”

Jack Gilbert

Winter Weather Reminder!

Heavy Rain, Fallen Trees, Road closures, Transportation, Power outages, and General weather craziness?

We are finally getting some of the winter weather that causes transportation problems, power outages and sometimes school closures.

Please stay informed to our local weather when rain and/or wind seems particularly strong.   The time to get prepared is now. Make sure you have a working, battery powered radio, flashlights, non-perishable food, etc on hand. Our school district has an emergency school closure procedure that I have attached for your convenience.  Please print it and post it near to your phone in case of emergencies.

In the event of  Emergency School Closures:

  • An “all-call” through our School Messenger automated system will inform families of the closure on the number that you have listed as your home phone number only. Please note: The School Messenger # is an (877) area code.

  • School closures are also broadcast on KSCO AM 1080 on your radio.

Here’s what we need from you…

  • Please make sure that your emergency contact information is up to date.  We will not release students to anyone who is not listed as an emergency contact.  You can call the office or email our Registrar, Holly Thomas, at with updated information.

  • If you need someone not listed as a contact to pick up your child, you must notify the office.

For Homeschool programs, sometimes the Charter administration or teachers will send out an email and/or make emergency calls to the families that are impacted when they determine they need to cancel a class for safety reasons.

Our Charter programs are on different sites, different towns, and thus may have different weather conditions.

Weather and/or transportation conditions may cause some of our homeschool enrichment classes to be cancelled if the teacher cannot make it or determines coming would cause a potential safety concern.

Fever, Runny nose, Personal Road Closure or power outages?  

Please contact your teacher directly (or our registrar if you are in the Nature Academy) if you will not be coming to class.  We want you to come to class, but not if you are contagious.

The attendance phone number is (831) 336-8527.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact your teacher or the Charter administration.

What’s Going on in Our Charter School?


Thursday, December 11th

BC Homeschool Winter Potluck & Talent Share:

We encourage festive attire!

We will meet Thursday at 10:30am at the BC Rec Hall.  We will begin with our potluck, as we did last year.  Once we are all fed, Amber will lead the kids in a song that we have been practicing.  Following this, students are invited to share a poem, song, piano piece, etc.  Please make sure your child prepares what they will present, and that it is appropriate to the occasion.  We will end our celebration with the Secret Snowman gift exchange, and you will receive scripts and cd's for our musical production of "Hansel and Gretel"  We will begin cleanup around 1pm to make sure we have everything put away and we are cleaned up by 1:30pm

Friday, December 12

Capture the Flag on the QH school campus from 10am-11am!

That's right, right here on our field, NOT  Quail Hollow Ranch.

This is a short game, so please arrive on time so we have enough players!

Friday, December 12

Holiday Craft Faire @ SLV Homeschool: from 11am-3pm- This is an opportunity to share our creative talents, and support each other's artistic endeavors by selling and purchasing each other's crafts and/or food. Students and parents are encouraged to make and sell their craft items! A raffle will be held with proceeds going to FUND, our parent group, who will also have a table set up selling food.

MATH TUTORS: We are pleased to announce that we now have Math tutors from UCSC throughout the week.  They will be based in either our Math classroom, P5 or in P4, for individual tutoring sessions.

  • Karen Ta supports the Math 1 students on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 12:30-3:30.

  • Adriana will give classroom support for Math 6, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • She will also support advanced Math 2 and 3 students on Thursday afternoons.

  • Victor Zuno-Sanchez will be working with the Coast Redwood Middle School students in P28 on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:45.

All Homeschool Charter Science Fair Applications Available Now!

Charter Science Fair Resources and Applications are on display and available in the Science section of the Resource Center on the QH campus. Teachers of all programs have applications as well. It’s time to start brainstorming ideas!

Deadline to apply for Charter Science Fair: Dec. 12

Date of Charter Science Fair: Friday, Feb. 6

Date of SC County Science Fair: March 7


We kicked off the holiday season with our Charter's fantastic production of PETER PAN! We had three homeschool programs represented in this production SLV Homeschool, BC Homeschool, and Fall Creek Homeschool.  Ages spanned from five years old to 9th grade!  They all did a fantastic job. The West Arts creative team of Terri, Alissa, and Hunter was a wonderful group to work with. Thanks to all of the parents who helped with sets and costumes...truly a community production. What a wonderful event this was!

NEW!!!!  Nature Academy YEARBOOK 2014-2015

Something’s new at NATURE ACADEMY… a yearbook!

“Work hard play hard” is the motto here at NA. So let’s show off all that we do when we learn and play at Nature Academy.  There will pages for students and teachers to share what made their 2014-15 so memorable to them.  This is also a fundraiser.  A portion goes right back to the classroom.  (P.S. Your child’s school photo and sports group photos will still be in the SLV Middle school yearbook)

~Please place your order before 12/19/2014   $30.00

Make Checks Payable To: Nature Academy  Please Give Envelope To Your Teacher

You may also purchase your yearbook online at: (Click Buy My Yearbook & Choose School From The Drop Down Menu)  Any questions you may contact Janeen Bond

SLV High School 8th-Grade Parent Night Coming In January

San Lorenzo Valley High School welcomes parents of current 8th-Grade Students to the annual 8th Grade Parent Night on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the SLVHS Multi-Purpose Room.

Come meet the counselors and administrators. Learn about our high school programs and other campus opportunities.

Graffiti Removal Project

The Graftiti Removal Project’s mission is to mobilize volunteers to eliminate graffiti from our neighborhoods through sustained education and removal efforts. They remove graffiti from the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County, free of charge. Recently, they  have been trying to reach out more to the San Lorenzo Valley area as well as youth.   Our next upcoming volunteer opportunity for youth is going to be a group paint out under Graham Hill Rd. by the Covered Bridge Park in Felton on December 13th from 10 AM to 12 PM. We are also having a fundraiser night at Woodstock's Pizza in downtown Santa Cruz on December 18h from 5 PM-9PM.

If you have any questions about our organization please contact me at 831-427-0462 or

If you are interested in helping out, here is a link to their page on the Santa Cruz Volunteer Center website: Volunteer applications can be found online for ages 11-adult.


Mountain Community Resources

6134 Highway 9, Felton  335-6600

2015 Food Distribution

Every Thursday from 11:00 to Noon

Except on: 11/26, 12/24 & 12/31

Bring an ID to the second Tuesday of every month.

Food distributions include: Free produce, staples, protein-rich and canned foods.

For more information Email: or call, 335-6608


(Please refer to your program’s newsletter for greater detail regarding dates and details specific to your Field Trips and events.)

  • December 19th - First Semester Ends

  • December 20th - January 5th:   Winter Break

  • January 6th - Classes Resume: all high school Math Classes resume, Homeschool conferences begin

  • January 19th - No school --Martin Luther King Birthday

  • January 20th - No School --Staff Professional Development Day

  • February 3 & 4 - High School Exit Exam for all 10th grade students (required)

  • February 9th - Holiday

  • February 16th - Holiday

  • February 27th - End of Second Trimester

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep families informed about events and activities that pertain to all programs; such as Board updates, WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan), All-Charter events, and other pertinent information.  It is also the newsletter for the general public to find out some specifics about all the individual programs we serve. We will be sending this newsletter out every other week.  You will be receiving regular emails from the teacher(s) of your specific program to keep you updated on homework, classroom activities and specifics on field trips and special events for your child.